Six die in bomb attack on bus in Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi

Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 00:00

A bomb tore through a minibus in Nairobi’s Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighbourhood yesterday, killing six people in an attack highlighting the security risks Kenya faces because of its intervention in Somalia to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.

Kenya has suffered a string of deadly attacks in its capital Nairobi, the port city of Mombasa and the eastern garrison town of Garissa over the past year.

The attacks have been blamed on Somali militants and their sympathisers in retaliation for Kenya’s deployment of troops in neighbouring Somalia last year to drive out al-Shabaab rebels whom Nairobi has blamed for attacks on Kenyan territory.

The force of the explosion left only the charred skeleton of the minibus, commonly known as a matatus in Kenya, the orange seats ripped apart.

The windows of a nearby cafe were shattered and two other cars were damaged.

– (Reuters)